Tonight NVIDIA has announced the top dog of their GeForce GTX graphics cards, the GTX 1080 Ti. The new Ti model succeeds the GTX 1080 to become the flagship GPU of Nvidia’s consumer line.

Launched last year, Nvidia’s latest 10-series GPUs ushered forth a completely reworked GPU architecture called Pascal which brought features like Simultaneous Multi Projection that are particularly well suited to the demands of today’s VR rendering.

gtx 1080 ti announced nvidia (1)Announced in May of 2016, the flagship GTX 1080 would go down as the most powerful Geforce card ever released, with 8GB of GDDR5X running at 10Gbps. Now lowered to a $500 price tag (revealed at today’s event) if the GTX 1080 didn’t quite cut it for your ultra-high-end VR rig, you’re in luck.

Announced this evening during an NVIDIA event alongside GDC, the new GPUs speedy G5X memory has been overclocked to run at 11Gbps. Add to that 3,584 CUDA cores and 12 billion transistors, and you’ve got what Nvidia claims is roughly a 35% performance boost over the original GTX 1080, based on comparative benchmarks across a smattering of PC game benchmarks.

GTX 1080 Ti Specs

  • 12B Transistors
  • 1.6GHz Boost, 2GHz OC
  • 28 SMs, 128 cores each
  • 3,584 CUDA cores
  • 28 Geometry units
  • 224 Texture units
  • 6 GPCs
  • 88 ROP units
  • 352 bit GDDR5X
  • 11GB of GDDR5X

Tweaks to the card’s power supply have added several points of power efficiency, especially during high power draw. Improved cooler performance makes the card 5 degrees celsius cooler at the same noise level, or 2.5dB quieter at the same temperature, Nvidia says.

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Performance Review: Head to Head Against the 980 Ti

To conclude today’s event, it was announced that the GTX 1080 Ti is launching next week at the price tag of $699. Like the other 10-series cards, Nvidia will launch their own Founder’s Edition version of the GPU, except this time it will have the same MSRP as 1080 Ti cards made by chip partners of the company.

Disclosure: Along with other press, NVIDIA covered accommodation expenses for Road to VR to attend an event where information for this article was gathered.

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  • DaKangaroo

    Now to wait for the next TITAN to drop so they can drop the price of the Ti and the regular 1080 even further.

    • The prices across the range will be dropped now and ebay will be flooded with cards as people want to upgrade.

      • Jim Cherry

        Prices will only drop if the 1080 ti is in good stock. If nvidia does what they did with the 1080 and 1070 prices wont drop till may.

    • Mike

      There won’t be a new Titan until after the 1180 is released. That’s the standard order.

  • Wonderful news!

  • MW

    Bye bye Vega…

    • Jim Cherry

      Don’t be one of those guys. We dont even know if vega is supposed to be competitive with the ti. Its predecessor the furyx was competitive to the 980.

      • JustNiz

        Maybe he’s not talking about like-for-like but absolute fastest.

  • A beast, and a price lower than I expected too. The Ti range always hold there price too. Look at the 980 Ti, 780 Ti etc. This is the card I want, well two of them for gpu rendering. Good times.

    • Foreign Devil

      I”m still running my Rift on the 780 Ti ,, will probably upgrade to 1080 Ti early next year.

  • Get Schwifty!

    One thing is the price will not be that… that’s MSRP… if the real street prices for the 1070/1080’s were any guide, this will come in significantly higher on the street for at least 3-6 months. The one good thing is the prices of 1070/1080’s should come down to where they were originally expected and maybe even drop off a bit.

    The other thing is this makes for the first true convincing 4K card…. I use a 1080 to run Fallout 4 for instance at 4K and it’s generally in the the low to mid 30’s framerate a tthe heaviest points, this boost would make a solid 4K player for many games….

    • Mike

      “the first true convincing 4K card”.
      There is no “first true 4K card”, because it completely depends on the graphical intensity of the game you’re playing. Since high-end games are always becoming more graphically intense, ability to play in 4K stays about the same for high-end games. Likewise, you could easily play a game from 5 years ago at 4K with a currently-mid-range graphics card.

      • Get Schwifty!

        That’s like saying there is no true HD card… the reality is for _current_ games at that resolution which the definition is based on, a 4K card is a reasonable way to put it. Obviously, if graphic intensity goes up then the viability of any card at any resolution goes down… then the card that is more or less commensurate with the current graphic intensity is the card of the time. This is therefore the effective 1st 4K card for current games… its not meant to be a card for all time for 4K …. its only meaningful for current games at 4K… and right now whats in the future doesn’t matter.

        • Mike

          Well, a card being an “HD card” or a “4K card” has 2 aspects: 1.) Having a video output port capable of outputting that resolution, and 2.) As you said, being far ahead of the current standard for graphical intensity in high end games. When consoles became “HD consoles”, game developers began targeting HD resolutions and scaling back their graphical intensity slightly. Likewise, we won’t have a true “4K consoles” until developers agree to target 4K and scale back graphical intensity slightly. Conversely, if you ran at 640×480 with a current high-end graphics card, you could surely do PS5 level visuals.

          But anyway, the current GTX Titan is slightly faster than the 1080 Ti, so that would actually be the first 4K card of this generation. And wouldn’t you say there have been previous top-of-the-line cards that would have been able to do 4K for the games of its time? Really I’d say the first 4K card was the first one capable of outputting at that resolution. Which was probably when they started adding DisplayPort.

    • Nigerian Wizard

      Well Fallout 4 does use a shitty engine so I would have used a different game to benchmark.

      • Get Schwifty!

        LOL didn’t say it was a serious example, only the one I am currently comparing with…. out of curiosity then what would you use?

    • JustNiz

      >> the first true convincing 4K card..

      Umm nope that would be Titan X (Pascal).

      • Get Schwifty!

        Hmmm…. I could see that except but the Titan cost puts it in the “prosumer” set instead of the “consumer” range…. but fair enough.

    • OgreTactics

      That’s what annoys me about these founder vs MSRP version…it’s a new kind of speculation on high-end Nvidia GPUs card.

      The price can vary from the pretended 700$ price to 1200$ price then back 800$ the month after. This is not serious nor considerable for GPU investment. One more reason to consider AMD.

  • So, after having spent lots of money on it, now my GTX1080 has become old stuff :(

    Jokes apart, as lots of others are saying, this will mean that GTX1080 price will lower, enabling more people to enter virtual reality

    • NooYawker

      My 1080 is only a few months old *cry*

      • Let’s cry together

        • Mike

          Boo hoo.
          See what I did there?
          Because your user image is a ghost.

      • Get Schwifty!

        Same here…. but I got it knowing it was going to be outclassed by the Ti… and know what? The Ti will be outclassed as well before long… it never ends…

  • cdm283813

    Somewhat glad that I picked the 1070 back when the 1080 was in high demand and out of stock. I should still be able to get $250 to $300 for it and use that money towards the 1080ti. If I had the 1080 I don’t think I would go the trouble. Price wise it’s foolish but I expect a 50% jump from a 1070 to 1080ti

  • Sander Kamp

    I’m curious about the backplate. Haven’t seen it in the flesh, and I would be surprised if they did another flimsy plastic one. A proper metal backplate would make this monster seem a little less… monstrous.